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Fixed-parameter tractability of counting small minimum $(S,T)$-cuts

Abstract : The parameterized complexity of counting minimum cuts stands as a natural question because Ball and Provan showed its #P-completeness. For any undirected graph $G=(V,E)$ and two disjoint sets of its vertices $S,T$, we design a fixed-parameter tractable algorithm which counts minimum edge $(S,T)$-cuts parameterized by their size $p$. Our algorithm operates on a transformed graph instance. This transformation, called drainage, reveals a collection of at most $n=\left| V \right|$ successive minimum $(S,T)$-cuts $Z_i$. We prove that any minimum $(S,T)$-cut $X$ contains edges of at least one cut $Z_i$. This observation, together with Menger's theorem, allows us to build the algorithm counting all minimum $(S,T)$-cuts with running time $2^{O(p^2)}n^{O(1)}$. Initially dedicated to counting minimum cuts, it can be modified to obtain an FPT sampling of minimum edge $(S,T)$-cuts.
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  • HAL Id : hal-02176346, version 1
  • ARXIV : 1907.02353



Pierre Bergé, Benjamin Mouscadet, Arpad Rimmel, Joanna Tomasik. Fixed-parameter tractability of counting small minimum $(S,T)$-cuts. [Research Report] LRI. 2019. ⟨hal-02176346⟩



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